This video game sums up life in the most heartbreaking way possible

PipocaVFX's We Go Forward starts off as most cheery side scrolling video games do: run, jump, smash bad guys and keep going forward. But then the game transforms into a metaphor for life: we can't make the jump but we can't go backwards so we settle, we teach our kids to be better and then they leave us. » 2/04/15 2:31am 2/04/15 2:31am

Flyover drone footage of Auschwitz concentration camp

The BBC flew a drone over the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp today to show off what it looks like and it's absolutely haunting. Over a million people died in this concentration camp from 1940 to 1945. It's been 70 years since the Soviets liberated the camp and it's still so tragic to see. » 1/29/15 2:17am 1/29/15 2:17am

Striking images of the first war that felt like a video game

The USAF Air Combat Command just tweeted this photo: "Today in 1991, US-backed coalition air forces attained air supremacy over the Iraqis." Aside from any geopolitical consideration, there's something unsettling about it. It is simultaneously imposing for what it shows and terrible for what it doesn't. » 1/27/15 12:56pm 1/27/15 12:56pm

Showing off on social media is a stupid game

If life was a video game right now, it'd be a pretty terrible one. That's because it'd just be levels of Facebooks and Twitters and Instagrams and social networks that would encourage us to pimp our lives for likes. And push us to hashbrag what we do. And to make sure the world sees our selfies. Team follow back.… » 12/09/14 11:37pm 12/09/14 11:37pm

Depressing graphic shows the time humanity spent watching Gangnam Style

The Economist made this sobering graphic of the hidden cost of the most popular YouTube video of all time—with more than two billion views since June 2012: "At 4:12 minutes, that equates to more than 140m hours, or more than 16,000 years." Then they compared it to some of humanity's most monumental tasks. » 12/08/14 12:59pm 12/08/14 12:59pm

The story of the Marine who survived all his squad in a twist of fate

This is the heart wrenching story of Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams. He lost all his squad mates—11 of them—when their vehicle exploded on their way to a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq. And all because, at the last minute, someone tapped on his shoulder. He was lucky. Perhaps, he thinks, too damn lucky. » 11/15/14 3:17am 11/15/14 3:17am

Short film: Maybe it's better never to meet lost childhood friends again

Beautifully drawn short animated film by Amsterdam-based filmmaker Hisko Hulsing that tells the story of two childhood friends meeting many years after with disastrous consequences. » 11/14/14 6:24am 11/14/14 6:24am

Time lapse: An empty city in black and white feels so eerie and lonely

This short time lapse by Bruce W. Berry Jr is already a powerful piece of work. It turns the buildings of Philadelphia into towering monoliths that hide people away, it makes the sky look like ghouls seeping in and it turns the city into a haunting place. Sadly though, the story behind this time lapse is even more… » 11/06/14 12:54am 11/06/14 12:54am

A man returns to Chernobyl after leaving decades ago

This is the music video for It's Alright, by Fractures, filmed in location in Chernobyl, Ukraine, right after the Maidan revolution that shook that country. It's not as visually or musically powerful as Paolo Nutini's Iron Sky, but I like the overall tone. » 10/22/14 8:03pm 10/22/14 8:03pm

Portraits of abandoned dogs before being put down at a shelter

Taiwanese photographer Yun-Fei Tou created these portraits of abandoned dogs minutes before being euthanized to "arouse people's awareness of animals rights." What really fucks me up is to look into their eyes knowing they didn't know what was coming up next. A stark reminder of our responsibility towards these beings. » 10/21/14 4:49pm 10/21/14 4:49pm

40 years of US household income inequality in one graphic

NPR's Planet Money has a feature on household inequality in the United States shown in graphics. The graphic above on household income over the last 40 years is particularly striking: After adjusting to inflation, you can see that the lowest incomes have barely moved. In fact, they went down. » 10/02/14 2:34pm 10/02/14 2:34pm

How the Soviet Union destroyed the fourth biggest lake in the world

NASA has published these two images of the Aral Sea, which used to be the fourth biggest lake in the world before the Soviet Union plugged into the rivers that fed it to irrigate massive agricultural areas. The photo on the right was taken in 2000. On the left you can see its current state. » 10/01/14 4:05pm 10/01/14 4:05pm

Short film: The tale of a 13-year-old drug mule across the deadly desert

This is the story of Manny, a 13 year old boy from Tijuana who has to pay the bills for his family. Weak, poor, desperate, Manny is ripe prey for the merciless Mexican drug lords who sent him into the Arizona desert as a mule. But things are not what they seem. The reality is even worse than that. » 9/25/14 12:12pm 9/25/14 12:12pm

Goodbye space shuttle carrier—and thank you for being awesome

You are looking at the second of the two Boeing 747 space shuttle carriers being taken to its resting place at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark, in Palmdale, California. After two decades ferrying the space shuttles across the country, the two legendary aircraft are now retired. » 9/15/14 3:08pm 9/15/14 3:08pm

"I have had a bad day"

22 Words found this little clip by Mark LaGanga, recorded just after the first World Trade Center tower fell on September 11, 2001. One simple understated phrase from a man walking away from the wreckage. » 9/11/14 4:11pm 9/11/14 4:11pm

Watching this piano burn and slowly disintegrate is beautifully sad

Having Beethoven as the soundtrack obviously adds to the feels but there's something strangely beautiful and yearningly sad about seeing this wood piano burn to ashes by two heat guns. Like it's a memento of a simpler life disappearing via the hands of cold robots. » 9/05/14 3:41pm 9/05/14 3:41pm

World map created by plotting out each terrorist attack since 1970

It's incredibly sad that we can basically paint the map of our world just by using the locations of all terrorism acts since 1970. The brightest parts of the map show the areas of the world that have to deal with so much tragedy. The darkest parts are 'safe' because so few people live there. » 7/25/14 9:16pm 7/25/14 9:16pm

Space station astronaut sees missiles exploding on Gaza and Israel

German astronaut Alexander Gerst reports live with this photo of Gaza from the International Space Station. This is his description. "My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel" » 7/23/14 3:47pm 7/23/14 3:47pm

This is why you shouldn't take people's Facebook lives seriously

Everyone on Facebook looks like they're having a great time. Fun adventures, deep romances, amazing jobs. It's enough to make you feel inadequate, but it's also a lie. Nobody is really as happy as their Facebook wall claims, as this piercing short from HigtonBrothers confirms. » 6/24/14 6:49pm 6/24/14 6:49pm

Watching desperate polar bears searching for ice is truly heartbreaking

This beautiful video shows something terrible: How polar bears now have to swim for incredibly long distanceslooking for ice to hunt their prey without being seen. Many of them drown. Some get back to land and die later, exhausted and starved. All thanks to the collapse of the northern ice sheets. » 6/21/14 8:40pm 6/21/14 8:40pm